NewsMobile Editorial Pick: Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2021

– A NewsMobile guide to the “Best Reads this year”

‘2020’ is perhaps a year we all wanted an end to! Looking ahead, ‘2021’ promises to be a harbinger of ‘Hope’, not just as a vaccine to the pandemic but in other fields also. The literary field is no different. Even though 2020 had its fair share of good releases from Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land’ to Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Unfinished – A memoir’, its 2021 which looks like a gold mine.

From Richard Flanagan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, Viet Nguyen to Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and George Saunders, even the subjects range from climate change to childhood trauma.

NewsMobile has compiled the Editors’ Pick of the most anticipated releases of 2021.

Fiction

1.

The Living Sea of Walking Dreams

by Richard Flanagan

Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan returns with a story of a family facing death against a backdrop of climate change and global catastrophe.

Anna’s aged mother is dying. When Anna’s finger vanishes, followed by her knee, she begins to see others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. This is a beautiful meditation on love, family and the world we live in.

Publish Date:  January 14, 2021

 

2.

The Committed

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

In a sumptuous sequel to The Sympathizer, Nguyen’s eponymous protagonist and his confrère Bon plunge into the drug-dealing netherworld of decadent Parisian elites and Vietnamese ex-patriots. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist captures, with grace and restraint, the foibles of two young men caught in a duel between East and West.

Publish Date: March 2, 2021

 

3.

How Beautiful We Were

by Imbolo Mbue

The second novel by the author of Behold the Dreamers, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, takes readers inside an African village whose very existence is being threatened by the machinations of an American oil company.  It’s a David and Goliath story for our times, a riveting tale of how people coming together to make change can topple even the fiercest, best-financed foes.

Publish Date: March 9, 2021

 

4.

My Broken Language

by Quiara Alegria Hudes

This radiant, vibrant coming-of-age by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-writer of the Tony Award-winning In The Heights is an ode to the power of language and a love letter to the author’s sprawling Puerto Rican family. How she finds her muse and her artist’s voice, forms the crux of the story.

Publish Date: April 6, 2021

 

 

5.

Wereabouts

by Jhumpa Lahiri

The first novel in nearly a decade by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake is set in an unnamed city much like Rome—or a dream-like, often lonely version of it. The story’s first-person narration is a single woman in her mid-40s whose solitude infuses everything about her. Lahiri wrote the novel in Italian—a language she only recently learned—and translated it into English herself, another masterstroke from her.

Publish Date: April 27, 2021

 

Non-Fiction

 

6.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

by Bill Gates

In this book, Bill Gates consolidates more than a decade of work he has done with experts to investigate the causes and effects of climate change. In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, he not only explains why we need to work towards a goal of net zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also lays out what we need to do to achieve that goal.

Publish Date: February 16, 2021

 

7.

Why Women are Poorer than Men

by Annabelle Williams

The gender pay gap is well documented, but it’s not just salaries that are rigged unfairly. In this book, journalist Annabelle Williams looks at everything from the tampon tax to bringing up children to boardroom bullying, painting a picture of a society which conspires to limit a woman’s wealth. By revealing how we got to our current position, Williams also lays out how we can fix it.

Publish Date: March 4, 2021

 

8.

Philip Roth

by Blake Bailey

“Magisterial” and “definitive” are adjectives often tossed around to describe voluminous biographies, but they don’t do justice to Blake Bailey’s years-in-the-making opus. Drawing extensively on archives and interviews, Bailey meticulously conjures the career of one of America’s literary titans, the devils and angels that shaped his work.

Publish Date: April 6, 2021

 

 

9.

What Happened to You?

by Bruce D. Perry, Oprah Winfrey

Neuroscientist and renowned child trauma expert Perry teams up with Oprah Winfrey—an advocate and survivor of multiple childhood challenges herself—for a revelatory work of non-fiction that explores the legacy of trauma and marries the power of storytelling with science and clinical experience to help survivors overcome its effects. A powerful and invaluable book that will help victims and their loved ones shift the conversation from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Publish Date: April 27, 2021

 

10.

The Green Barbecue

by Rukmini Iyer

Rukmini Iyer’s cookbooks have saved many a lunch and dinner (and breakfast, and dessert, and snack time), earning her a fan base known as the TinLads. The newest in the series contains 75 meat-free recipes that are perfect for cooking outdoors or in the oven. From griddled papaya and charred tender stem to crispy barbecue tofu and dill-soused feta, this is the ultimate vegetarian cookbook.

Publish Date: April 29, 2021

 

And this is just the beginning of a fantastic year, more of such reading insights as the year progresses.

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